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David George Mack

  • On August 8, 2020

David George Mack, 76, passed away at West Penn Hospital on August 7, 2020. He was born on May 23, 1944, in Pittsburgh, the only son of the late George Miller Mack and Frances Kuzan Mack. He proudly served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1979.

Dave graduated from Carrick High School in 1962 and thereafter matriculated at Lehigh University. After a successful collegiate start, Dave transferred to Pennsylvania State University where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dave decided that his two-year stint at Penn State was not long enough, and so he continued his Electrical Engineering studies in pursuit of an M.S. During this time, Dave discovered his passion for flying, and after obtaining his M.S., enrolled in the United States Air Force Undergraduate Navigator Training program. Graduating the USAF program in 1969 at the top of his class, Dave was able to pick the fighter jet of his choice to ride in and chose the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. After some time as a navigator, Dave transitioned into his (most favorite and story-producing!) role as a fighter jet pilot in his beloved F-4 Phantom.

Flying the F-4 in the Air Force, Dave traveled over and through numerous countries, as well as 49 of the 50 states in America. During his time in the Air Force, Dave was recognized for being level-headed and dependable. Upon leaving the Air Force, Dave successfully shifted into gainful non-military employment with various companies, one of such being Boeing. Ultimately, Dave settled down with U.S. Airways (now American Airlines) in 1983. In 1990, at U.S. Airways, Dave met the love of his life, Jamie Lee Andrews, and then settled down with her in 1992. Jamie and Dave enjoyed an extraordinary 28 years of marriage. 

From 1983 until the time of his death, Dave incessantly beat the drum of full-time employment as a flight instructor while making time for not only his loved ones, but also his many hobbies. In addition to golfing, skiing, waterskiing, biking, hiking, running, and working out, Dave enjoyed just about any other athletic activity in which he could partake. Aside from athletics, Dave was an avid chess player and board game competitor. When Dave was not engaged in one of the aforementioned hobbies or his work with American Airlines, he had the exceptional ability to always find something to labor over or accomplish in his “free time.”

Dave will be remembered as a principled man with a superb sense of humor, a devoted husband and father, as well as a loyal friend who always put the concerns of others before his own.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Jamie, his son, Jeffrey David Mack, his sisters, Coral Lee Mack and Deborah Lane Sweet, and his nieces Corie Ellmer and Crista Barberini.

Dave’s funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, August 12, at St. Benedict the Abbot Church in McMurray. The address for the church is 120 Abington Drive, McMurray, PA 15317. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania, Jamie and Jeffrey will greet Dave’s visitors in the vestibule of the church at 9:30 AM before the 10:00 AM mass. Assuming the restrictions are lifted by the spring of 2021, Jamie and Jeffrey plan on having a memorial mass and catered social gathering next year at the St. Benedict church hall to commemorate Dave’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Washington Animal Shelter in Dave’s name for the cattery or a charity of one’s choice.

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Jamie Mack
  • Aug 9 2020
I will miss you my beloved husband. Thank you for loving me and for being a great father to Jeff. I will love you always.
Margaret Jasko
  • Aug 9 2020
Mourning your loss and praying that God blankets your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time.
  • Aug 9 2020
I’ve known you since you were born, dearest brother, will think of you every day of my life, and love you forever💗
John & Terri
  • Aug 9 2020
Dave, may your finial flight be smooth and without turbulence on your non stop to Heaven. You will be missed by all! Jamie and Jeff, we pray you will find comfort in knowing that Dave is now in Gods care and waiting until we all meet again. Love John & Terri
deborah sweet
  • Aug 9 2020
Dave was also the bestest brother any person could wish for. He’s carried forth within all of the many hearts and minds that he touched and still does and always will
Terra Mauro
  • Aug 9 2020
Jamie and Jeffrey, We are so very sorry for your loss. Though we never had the pleasure to know him, Dave sounds like an outstanding individual who leaves a solid legacy in remembrance. Words are not adequate to share our heartfelt compassion for you. Please know you are lifted up in prayer. God bless you with the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to help you always. Love and blessings, Terra and Eugene Mauro
Nancy Miller
  • Aug 9 2020
I did not know Dave, but he sounds like a vibrant, loving human. I do know and appreciate Coral and Debbie. Such a difficult time for you all. I send you and your family heartfelt condolences.
TJ McManamy
  • Aug 9 2020
I recall conversations in the Charlotte training center hallway with Dave so very clearly right now. It was always so important to him to do everything correctly! What a wonderful person. God Bless.
  • Aug 9 2020
My deepest condolences. I'm so very sorry for your loss -Love, Nikki
Todd Wheaton
  • Aug 9 2020
Jamie and Jeff, David was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. He was a clear help in my learning the 737 when I moved to Pittsburgh and we always shared a laugh or some insightful discussion. I considered him brilliant in many ways and admired his abilities with technical information. He will be greatly missed.
Joan Bonora (cousin of David)
  • Aug 9 2020
With deepest sympathy to David's family. The world has lost an absolutely wonderful man. He will be sorely missed ... but never forgotten.
Wally Denison
  • Aug 9 2020
Dave will be missed. We were room mates in Charlotte at Tom Tokay’s crash pad. I remember his soft voice and his concern for others. I attended a couple of his ground school classes over the years and remember that he was an excellent instructor. I will miss you Dave.
matthew zimmerman
  • Aug 9 2020
Jamie and Jeff Dave was a great friend and coworker. I knew Dave since the day I was hired at Usairways. Dave was always interested in conversation. We was golf buddies in Charlotte and I always enjoyed my time with him. He always would do anything for you was very unselfish with his time and I am going to miss him and his friendship
Capt. John Lednak
  • Aug 10 2020
A respectful salute to Captain Dave. Our thoughts & prayers are with Dave's family. Dave's airmanship in service to his fellow aviators was second to none. Always enjoyed spending time with Dave & talking about our families. To fly west my friend is a flight we all must take. Godspeed !
Ralph Stauffer
  • Aug 10 2020
Dave’s adventures in life remind me of John G. Magee’s poem “High Flight.” Hope to see you again!
  • Aug 11 2020
Dear Jamie, Jeffrey and Family. Please accept our Deepest and Heartfelt Sympathy on the passing of your loving husband and father David. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. May Eternal Light shine upon him and may he Rest In Peace! Joe, MaryAnn Smith Leanne, Cassie and Lizzie P.S.: So sorry we cannot attend the funeral, we are currently out of town.
David Mylet
  • Aug 11 2020
What a great person and great instructor I had the privilege of knowing from the ground school classes he taught at the Carnot building for USAir/USAirways. Just super sharp, super smart, and super sense of humor. I, for one, will miss him. With sincere condolences to Dave's family.
Mike Kelly
  • Aug 12 2020
Rest in peace Mr. Mack. May God bless you, and keep a watchful eye over your family. YITBOS - Nu Chapter Michael Kelly
Anthony D Brock
  • Aug 12 2020
I only had one interaction with Dave, it was the night he sold me and my son the batting cage. while it was used... it was better than new, it came with wisdom and labels. Dave stayed to help us build it...in the rain...in mid April. Dave stayed until it was up and my son was ready to hit. with it came the stories of raising a ball player and the adversity and getting through that. Celebrating a graduation and "not to tarp" the cage...It was a night that my son and i will talk about for a lifetime. Dave, left us wanting to get to know him more...i believe he left a lot of people on earth with the same feeling...i know he was a Great Man! keep those memories close! God Bless you Jamie and Jeff!!!
Anthony Brock
  • Aug 12 2020
I only have one interaction with Dave, it was a rainy night in mid April 2020, my son got a call from our batting instructor Rick DeMeo...and Rick said he had a friend that was selling a cage...we quickly said yes we would love it. while we expecting a used cage, we got what we didn't expect...Dave showed up ready to help us get his wisdom about the cage...how to organize it, how to roll it back up, how not to "tarp it". Dave worked until the cage was up and ready to hit it. we were blown away by how he treated us, we sensed his pleasure in knowing that this was going to help my son become a better ball player. He left us that night with a feeling on wanting to get to know the Mack's...i believe he left a lot of people with that feeling. we could tell he was a great man! Keep those memories alive in your heart...i know we will every-time we set up the cage. his price to us..."whatever you think it's worth"...in hind sight we underpaid!
Spinabelli Family
  • Aug 12 2020
Jamie and Jeff, I'm so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and Dave during this difficult time.
Marcy Fortunato
  • Aug 12 2020
Jamie, Jeff, We send our sincere condolences... we were all so sad to hear the news. Dave was always a joy to talk with. Sending prayers and hugs your way. Take care.
Lorraine Stewart
  • Aug 13 2020
Dear Jamie and Jeff, Deb has been a wonderful friend for many years and i remember meeting David while he was visiting Deb in Massachusetts. I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you and your family. May your memories help to bring peace and comfort.
Hal Burke
  • Aug 16 2020
My deepest condolences. Dave taught me the 737, and we then spent several Thanksgivings skiing together in Colorado back in the 80’s. Dave set the bar high as he was brilliant, fun, a fantastic skier, excellent pilot and teacher. You led by example my friend. I have the greatest memories of spending time together. RIP!
Jim Burns
  • Oct 6 2020
To Jamie and family - I am so saddened learning that Dave has passed. He really was such a nice guy. I was all set to share an apartment with him in CLT in 2004 when everything in the Training Department was being relocated. I ended up finding a position in Engineering that allowed me to stay in PIT while Dave had to make the move. I would see him occasionally on flights and would have that 3-minute catch-up conversation. Jamie I know you will be ok. You are a really nice person, enjoyed working with you way back when, and know that everything will work out for yourself and your son. God's peace and love to you, and blessing to Dave!